Point of Rocks/ Potomac River Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews

Point of Rocks/ Potomac River Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Point of Rocks, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, road biking, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

forest

river

views

wildlife

rocky

hiking
8 days ago

The climb up to the overlook hidden behind the graffiti covered bridge abutment was steep and overgrown in most spots but the view once at the top made it worth while. Be careful crossing the train tracks, they are active and heavily used.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail last week, before the rains. I found it moderately challenging due to distance and timeline. The scenery was okay to view. I totally agree with other readers comments that this is an excellent biking trail. It is on my go to list when needing a change of scenery from Sugarloaf Mountain Trails and Gambrill State Park Trails.

hiking
11 months ago

A nice walk in the woods, but with little of interest for hikers until you reach the aqueduct. The trail is far better suited for biking.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Short and steep, views are worth every bit of it.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

I did the quick scramble up the mtn for amazing
views

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Very nice jaunt on a warm November afternoon. Fall colors still around. I followed the directions to scrabble up the hill overlooking the bridge - very pretty views. 3 or 4 trains came by for a little interest. Nice spot!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Going up to the rock overlook (called "The Point") above the Potomac River bridge is a short, steep hike, but doable by most average hikers. The really steep part is a few 100 feet long, so not too bad. I went up with my wife, two 12 year old boys, and two dogs. Coming down is a bit more challenging if you don't have on good hiking boots because you tend to slip on the steep, loose trail. To reach the trailhead, go north from the Point of Rocks parking lot on the towpath till you're under the car bridge, and then turn right to walk through the old canal over to the railroad tracks. The tracks are very active and 3 trains came by while we were there. Once you cross the tracks, just look for the graffiti on the concrete bridgeworks and there's the trailhead going uphill to your left. It's about 25 yards in front of the train tunnel. Once up top, the view is spectacular of Virginia, Maryland, and the river. Then the trail peters out quickly into the woods, so just turn and come back down the same way you went up. Can't beat the views on this hike!

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Awesome view once you reach the top. For a shorter hike you can park at the boat ramp and walk up the trail by the Parking lot, then cross the train tracks under the bridge. It's extremely steep for the first couple hundred feet but after that it's a steady incline

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Easy straight walk

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Definitely worth the drive!!!

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Found the ultra secret local trail to the lookout point on the rocks. Cross tracks under the bridge from the C & O trail parking lot and you will see a path that goes straight up at the base of the bridge. Pretty steep climb so not for everyone. But the view is awesome and worth it.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

There is not a defined trail to the top of the rocks. Park at the C&O Canal parking lot. Walk over to US 15, cross the road and start climbing upwards. Use a GPS to guide you to the top. At the top, there's a hint of a trail. Follow it towards the east to the overlook.

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

I'm a local here and travel this trail very often. Have to go over the train tracks at the bridge and have to get very close to the road. But a short steep hike that shows a very nice view of the Potomac. We refer to it as THE POINT.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The trail is not marked and requires that you cross a set of active train tracks. However, worth the trip. A short but steep climb leaves you on a set of two rock outcrops with a great view of the Potomac just above and to the north of the RT15 Point of Rocks bridge that connects MD with VA. There was no one else on the trail the day we hiked (beautiful, cool Saturday morning. The connecting B&O canal trail leads you to the trailhead just north of the bridge on the right. The trail is found at the base of the bridge structure.

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